Friday, November 30, 2012

Barram and Clinton Go in for Mayor, too

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Two current Bend City Councilors are throwing their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Bend.

Jodie Barram, who is currently serving as mayor pro tem, and Jim Clinton, who was elected to his third council term in November, are seeking the office, according to an email from Barram sent Friday to the Source and The Bulletin.

Clinton could not be reached for comment late Friday night.
Read more about Clinton's background here.
Read more about Barram's background here.

In the email, Barram says she and Clinton hope to declare their candidacy in a joint editorial they have submitted to local media and will discuss the issue at the next Bend City Council meeting.

The mayor, a position with authority to manage meetings and the power to champion a vision for the council, is selected by the seven city councilors. In recent years, calls have come from the community to allow the public to elect the mayor, but that would require an update to the city's charter.

At the last city council meeting held on Nov. 19, Councilor Mark Capell opened the discussion of who should be mayor by publicly announcing he wanted the job. He cited his experience with budgets and his role as a centrist on the council as reasons he would be best for the position.

Barram did not outline her reasons for interest in the position in her Friday email, but she did share several letters of endorsement including recommendations from Redmond Mayor George Endicott, former Bend City Councilor Kathie Eckman, former Oregon State Representative Judy Stiegler and the mayor of Maupin that she would be best for the job.

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Local DJ and Radio Station Up for Awards

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

It was announced yesterday that local KPOV DJ Charley Engel has been nominated for DJ of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
KPOV, which is heard on the radio waves at 88.9, was also nominated for the station of the year. Better known as "Chuckaroo the Buckaroo," Engel has been on the non-profit radio station since its inception in 2005.
His show, "Calling All Cowboys" can be heard on wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., saturdays from 4-6 p.m. and also at
He said in an interview, “It’s nice to know that my peers in the world of western music and cowboy poetry appreciate the effort that goes into Calling All Cowboys each week.
This is one horse I’m proud to be saddled with!”
Well good luck Mr. Engel and KPOV at the Will Rogers Cowboy Awards banquet in February.
We hope you come home with some much-deserved hardware. In the meantime, keep lassoing those listeners with your western spark.


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GoodLife Throwing a Scottish Party Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Looks like St. Andrew needs a beer.
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  • Looks like St. Andrew needs a beer.

In honor of St. Andrews Day, a national holiday in Scotland celebrating the patron saint of the land, the folks at GoodLife are serving up a new Scotch Ale called Scottish Heart.

They're going for it tonight with a full on affair. Think kilts and haggis and bag pipes and old dudes wearing cute think-I'll-take-a-walk-on-the-moor-today-lassie sorts of hats.

GoodLife debuted the beer last night at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland according to their Facebook page. Those guys are doing all kinds of stuff. Just finished up their first nitro and their bottles are all over the place now.

So, for a little something different tonight get down there, hoist a bellywasher and try some haggis.

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Friday Office Party!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM

No song is ever to poppy for a Friday!
  • No song is ever too poppy for a Friday!

It's baaaaaaack!

Alright, there's no way the return of the weekend should be ominous. Unless of course you've been sitting in a county jail cell waiting for your attorney to file a last minute motion for release before the judge trades his black robe for a ski-bib for two days. But hey— if that's you— you probably aren't reading this anyway.

For all you other law-abiding citizens out there who just need a little legal release, it's the return of our Friday Office Party Spotify Playlist.

Press play and get a little workplace dancing in. Just do it before the noise ordinance kicks in at 10 p.m.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

What it looks like at Bachelor right now

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Ok. So maybe not fair. But you know what this means for Mt. B!!!!

This = LOTS of snow
  • This = LOTS of snow

We checked in on the live cams to see the action, but they were still registering conditions at about 5 p.m. Sadly we couldn't see all the snow we know is coming down.

But the most recent conditions report said it was coming down hard and if the wind stays mellow, there'll be sweet powder to be had over the weekend.

Yay for rain in Bend!

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The Boss in Oregon

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Last night, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band packed out the Rose Garden playing a 3+ hour set.

Jason Quigley
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Just about every circulating review says that the Jersey boy was dead on, still on fire at 63 years old.

Check out this great blog from the Mercury detailing the show with tons of awesome photos by Jason Quigley, including a few of The Boss crowd surfing. Rad.

We'll meet you in Atlantic City anytime, Bruce.

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Joe Biden + Eight Gallons of Ketchup

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Earlier this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden was excessively photographed during a shopping spree at the grand opening of Washington DC's first Costco. Co-founder of the discount chain, James D. Sinegal, is a major Obama contributor so I imagine that has something to do with Biden’s media heavy appearance.

Biden_at_costco.jpgI'll take all of these dog beds. Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times

The New York Times practically live tweeted his entire visit, updating their story with a list of items the VP loaded into his over-sized cart, including “a dozen children’s books, a big apple pie,[which makes sense as there are no normal sized apple pies at Costco] fire logs and a 32-inch Panasonic TV”. They also posted the above photo above of the Bulldog munching on a free sample as he shopped.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Documentary

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

After his recent concert here in Bend and his rise to the number one album on iTunes back in October, Macklemore is a name you may have heard pop up recently. After the release of his latest album The Heist he quickly rose to the top of popular music. His ascent, however wasn't an easy one and this 15 minute documentary gives a look into the life of the young artist. Check it out.

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Instant Millionaires

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The record-breaking Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million was reported last night with two winners hailing from Arizona and Missouri. The winning numbers were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and the Powerball was 6. The two lucky souls have not come forward to claim their massive prize.
Here's the report from Good Morning America:

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Electric Kool-Aid Funk Test

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

How do you feel about super-funk? What about big-band instrumental jams peppered with Sly and the Family Stone-esque vocals and groove? Do you like the background music from the '70s TV series Shaft?


If you answered yes to any of the above questions, watch this video and get your bellbottoms down to McMenamins tonight for San Francisco's psychedelic soul funk combo band, Monophonics.

Psychedelia Thursday commences at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in the Father Luke Room, tonight, 7pm.

It's free, so what's your excuse for missing out?

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BREAKING! The Day the Music Died (In Bend)

Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Now that my sensationalist headline has your attention...
We've just received word from Dave Hill, owner of the Century Center, that as of January the Century Center will no longer act as a concert or event venue. Instead, the cavernous building will be converted to a for-lease retail space.

Hill has long faced opposition from his residential neighbors, as well as commercial neighbor, Nosler. Both take issue the noise and traffic generated by concerts at the Century Center.

This sad new comes on the heels of The Horned Hand's recent legal battles concerning a $500 noise ordinance violation which owner Wesley Ladd received this summer. Ladd continues to catch hell and was visited by the police again last Friday after the same disgruntled neighbor lodged ANOTHER call of complaint.

And, if you'll remember, Bend Roots Revival, a weekend-long music festival, was canceled this fall after the Century Center's issues with its residential and commercial neighbors proved too much for Hill to bear.

In 2011, Bend Roots attracted a big crowd.
  • In 2011, Bend Roots attracted a big crowd.

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Common Table Non-Profit Restaurant Revised

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM


After their unfortunate closure last August, Common Table, Bend’s non-profit restaurant, is resurfacing as a ‘host’ for four Sunday pay-as-you’re-able dinners.

Common Table is calling for community unity in a season of increased consumerism, loneliness and depression through their Four Sundays of the Advent sit-downs. The events will take place throughout the month of December, and are meant to connect Central Oregonians during the coldest, darkest part of the winter.

The dinners will take place the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of December from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 231 NW Idaho, the space occupied six days a week by Family Kitchen in downtown Bend.

After the closure of the restaurant associated with the non-profit, Common Table’s community outreach has continued. In November, in cooperation with a Bend High School Student, they hosted a successful pay-as-you’re-able event to benefit Syrian refuges and hope to continue helping out around Central Oregon with these December dinners. Keep up the good work, Common Table!

For more information on the events, visit Common Table’s Facebook page.

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